In Loving Memory
Richard Gale Ooley, age 89, died May 29, 2010 at Cañon City, Colorado.
He was born on Feb. 22, 1921 in Liberal, Kansas the son of Raymond and Maude (Boyle) Ooley.
He was a long time resident of Liberal. He graduated from Liberal High School, Liberal, Kansas.
He enlisted in the U.S. Navy, after Pearl Harbor, proudly serving until the end of WWII. He received the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Bar, Atlantic and North African Campaign Bar, Mediterranean and Caribbean Campaign Bar and a Letter of Commendation for his actions under attack.
He worked in the automotive parts industry and later owned KOV Auto Supply in Liberal.
He devoted his life to his family and church. He was a member of the Western Avenue Church of Christ in Liberal for many years, being instrumental in starting the Western Avenue congregation from the 4th & Grant congregation. He was an avid Bible student and served the church as an elder, teacher, preacher and song leader.
He enjoyed working outside, especially planting trees and gardening.
On September 28, 1941, he married Rosetta Jean Chapin. She survives.
Other survivors include 3 daughters – Mary Ricks and husband, Ed, Castle Rock, CO, Sherel Schmidt and husband, Jim, Turpin, OK, and Barbara Camper and husband,Ted, Salem, OR; 2 brothers – Raymond Ooley, Borger, TX; Bob Ooley, Boise, ID, and Jack Ooley, Lyons, KS; 2 sisters – Jane Mancheste, Liberal, KS, and Carolee Pierce, Houston, TX; 9 grandchildren; 16 greatgrandchildren; and numerous other family members and friends.
Preceded in death by parents, 1 daughter, Sharon Jean Ooley, and 1 brother, Joe Ooley.
o A memorial celebration will be at 2 p.m. Friday, October, 15, 2010 at Kitch-Brenneman Funeral Home. David Glascock will be presiding. Cremation has taken place.
Inurnment will follow in Liberal Cemetery. Military honors by the U.S. Navy.
Friends may sign the register book on Thursday, October 14th, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Kitch-Brenneman Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers and plants, memorial donations may be sent to Mountain State’s Children’s Home in care of Kitch-Brenneman Funeral Home ,1212 W 2nd Liberal, KS 67901.
Condolences may be sent to family at www.brennemanfuneralhome.com.
Trustees. He and Irene were sponsors for the United Methodist Youth Fellowship for several years. He loved the Lord, his family, watching his two sons play any kind of sports, and listening to his daughter sing and play the piano. He learned to snow ski in 1978 and enjoyed the mountains and being on the slopes. Vern was an avid sportsman and liked watching Seward County Community College/Area Technical School athletic events as well as Oklahoma University sports. When his health permitted he looked forward to morning and afternoon coffee time with his friends.
Vern was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Helen L. Smith and Vera J. Cargill, one brother, Raymond L, Hecox one niece, Glenda M. Gramling and one nephew, Kirk A. Hecox.
Survivors include his wife, Irene; son Steve Hecox and wife, Vicki, Liberal, Kansas; daughter, Colleen Pelz and husband, Randy, The Villages, Florida, and son Scott Hecox and wife, Elizabeth, Norman, Oklahoma. Seven grandchildren; Colby Hecox and wife, Kayla, Blanchard, Oklahoma, Shane Hecox and wife, Hilarie, Buhler, Kansas, Andy Millett, Tallahassee, Florida, Marcy Millett, St. Petersburg, Florida, Matt Hecox, Lukas Hecox and Marcus Hecox, Norman, Oklahoma and four great grandchildren, Henry, Hattie, Halle and Dax.
o Memorial services will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 2, 2010 at Trinity Faith Church in Liberal, Kansas.
Crematory disposition will follow the memorial service directed by Roberts Brothers Funeral Home, Inc. in Hooker, Oklahoma.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Tyrone Cemetery Fund or the charity of the donor’s choice and may be left at the Roberts Brothers Funeral Home, Box 745, Hooker, Oklahoma 73945.
Our web site, www.robertsbrothersfuneralhome.com, can be used to send condolences to the family.